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The Sarah Diaries: Case of the Blahs

I know, I haven’t posted in a while. Not to say I haven’t sat down, opening up my laptop and looked directly at the screen trying to figure out what exactly I was going to write. Hoping by some miracle I’d get inspired. Not the case. Nothing came to me. I’d walk away, head outside, mow, pull some weeds, nap, anything to try and find some inspiration to write. And yet nothing. Its like a mix of writers block and just blah.
Clearly you’ve been feeling the lack of blog love too, as I’ve gotten many requests about when I’m going to post another.
But… this isn’t a normal blog for me. If you’ve interacted with me face to face for the last month or so, you know I haven’t been myself. I’ve been in a funk. I’d tell you it has something to do with seasonal depression, but I’ve never had it hit me when it’s spring/summer out. Winter yes, May and June, no.
My patience has been tried, my attitude crap, and I will even admit to a few outburst – which I will apologize right now for. If I have been anything but my normal upbeat, bubbly self to you – I am truly sorry! (**cough, cough John & Mike cough, cough**)
I have no other explanation than to say I’ve been in a funk, I am aware of it, and I’m working on getting out of it. I’m also working on a vacation, which my hope is that will greatly assist in returning me to “normal”. Meanwhile, any suggestions for how you beat the blues, or even vacation places are gladly welcomed and appreciated!
Cheers!
-Sarah
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Congratulations to Rodney Pletz of Benton Harbor, our 2017 Dynamite Dad Winner!

A big congratulations to RODNEY PLETZ of Benton Harbor, the winner of our 2017 Dynamite Dad contest, from Martin’s Super Markets and 98.3 The Coast! Rod’s daughter, Erica Kirksey of Decatur, nominated Rod. Here’s her story:

I always knew my dad was the best of the best, but on September 11, 2001 he had proven my theory correct. My dad being a Volunteer Firefighter and working for the Fire Brigade at the Nuclear Plant has had an immense amount of training for situations like this and knew his training could be of some assistance to our country. When we were attacked his heart of gold kicked in and he headed to New York to lend a hand in searching for survivors at ground zero. He slept on the streets, ate whatever he could find and saw things unimaginable. He put others before himself and became a true Hero in my books that day. My dad has organized fundraisers for burn victims, those with cancer, and events in our community. He is my Hero, my mentor and my best friend. He has taught me courtesy and respect and I can not thank him enough for raising me the way him and my mom did. He has spent more than half his life helping others and saving lives I would be thrilled if he could get this amazing gift of becoming this year’s Dynamite Dad! What an awesome way to show my dad how much he truly is appreciated!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 14, 2017

Father’s Day is coming up soon and for Ask Meagan today we wanted to help Steve who wrote in to Meagan asking for advice. He has a 2 yr old and wants to start his own traditions with his young son and also his wife wants to spend time with her father, but Steve’s mom wants him to come and see his dad. So Steve has a Father’s Day dilemma so we tried to help him out. Also we talked about the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival that is coming up this weekend!... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 9, 2017

So it is the last day of school and now your kids will be home all day unless you have activities that get them out of the house and doing things. So we listened to suggestions of what Meagan’s kids could do this Summer that gets them out of the house. Some of them include: swimming in the lake, swimming in a pool, working at the Hartford Speedway, Summer Camp at YMCA and more.... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 7th, 2017

It’s that time of the year. Potluck season! Between graduation parties, church picnics, and school picnics. You will be going to a lot of potlucks, some of which will have some “questionable” dishes that you may not want to eat. Well Meagan tried to offer her advice about that today for “Ask Meagan”. We also got some great advice from other people as well and we went on a rant about that Jell-O fluff stuff.... [Read Full Story]

The Clooney twins have arrived!

In a statement released today (Tuesday), new parents George and Amal Clooney say, “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: June 1st, 2017

Life is getting too easy for us. We don’t even have to remember simple things like phone numbers. Remember when you were a kid and you had to remember your home phone number, or your friends phone number. You even had to call the movie theater for showtimes or call the “Time Lady”. Jonny & Meagan talk about that and they also learn about something cool called “Story Line”.... [Read Full Story]

Jonny & Meagan’s Sweet & Condensed Podcast: May 25th, 2017

Being bilingual is a necessity in this world, but with so many languages to choose from, which one would you choose? One that is easy to learn or one that has a cool accent? Maybe we just want to learn a new accent instead. We also talked with Susan from Berrien Community Foundation about some great grants available for local non-profits. Also Mike Nadolski from the Mendel Center joins us to talk about the upcoming Mainstage season!... [Read Full Story]